Desk Job Fitness Circuit

There are days where I literally look at my schedule and do not know how I am going to squeeze in some physical activity.

Sound familiar?

Yesterday was one of those days – I planned on running before work while the rest of the family slept, but my toddler woke up super early and that plan was scratched. I had a full day at work and a meeting afterwards that would last almost until bedtime.

Solution: Desk Job Fitness Circuit!

I keep a set of resistance bands in my desk for this purpose. Yesterday, I did this during my lunch break at my desk and ate lunch while working a little later. It may not have been the workout I planned on completing, but it was better than nothing. And I got in my run today instead. 🙂


How do you stay fit on busy days?

Disclaimer: Please consult with your physician before starting a new physical activity program.


Easy Hasselback Potatoes

Last night I tried hasselback potatoes for the first time.

photoThey were much easier than I thought they would be, especially for the first time I’ve prepared them!

My husband loves baked potatoes (well, all things potato) and I kept seeing this type of preparation pop up on various social media sites. I was nervous putting it on the menu for a Monday night (as opposed to a weekend) but it worked out really well for our schedule.

Easy Hasselback Potatoes (Recipe inspired by Cooking Light’s version)

Serves: 2 with medium potatoes. Note: if using large potatoes, double the toppings, but be aware that it will be 4 servings!

2 medium potatoes
2 TBSP olive oil
Kosher salt, garlic powder, and pepper, to taste
2 TBSP reduced-fat shredded cheese, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash potatoes and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Slice potatoes horizontally, being careful to not slice all the way through, leaving about 1/8″-1/4″ between slices. (Tip: I placed a large spoon next to the potato, to help me not slice too far).
  4. Using a basting brush, brush olive oil onto each potato – get some between the slices, too!
  5. Top the potato with seasonings. (I tend to use a heavier hand with pepper).
  6. Place potatoes on a baking sheet that has a coating of non-stick spray.
  7. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until potatoes are crisped on the edges but soft on the inside. The larger the potato, the longer it will take to cook.
  8. Add 1 TBSP of reduced-fat cheese to each potato. The cheese should melt without having to put it back into the oven. Feel free to season it with additional pepper! Enjoy!

What I learned: Next time, I will aim to slice closer to together and I also want to try melted butter with the potatoes instead of oil. I also need to be a little more liberal with my seasonings!

Have you made hasselback potatoes before? What did you think?

– Beth

Prepping Meals on the Weekend for Easier Weeknights

We’ve had quite a busy couple of weekends lately (our house is/was on the market-sold this week!) and I ran a few races a couple weeks ago. I’ve also been traveling a bit for work and getting home later than normal 1-2 nights per week. Needless to say, our weeknight meals have been a little haphazard and not necessarily “planned.”

I was so excited this weekend that I would be home without major events, which gave me the opportunity to work on my meal prep and try some new recipes. It was a bit challenging at times with a toddler underfoot, but made it work during nap-time and when my husband was home. A few recipes will be thrown together during the week – the night before we will enjoy, so it doesn’t matter if they get put in the oven at 8 p.m. or later.

Meal prep on the weekend always makes me feel so much better about the week ahead. Relaxed, less stressed – one less thing to focus on each day – and it gives me more time to focus on my family and getting in my workouts!


Here is our plan for the week:
Breakfast: Healthy Breakfast Bars (pictured & modified from Lean Green Bean’s Recipe here) plus hard boiled eggs

Lunch: typically consist of salads or leftovers


  • Sunday – salmon burgers plus the Summer Vegetable Tian (from Budget Bytes) that I pinned ages ago and finally got around to trying. I needed to be a little heavier on the spices, but it tasted pretty good and was fairly quick to throw together. (I forgot to take a picture – it looked very pretty in the pan!)
  • Monday – Slow-Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken (one of my favorites – from Just a Taste)
  • Tuesday – Seafood Enchiladas (will make Monday night, new recipe)
  • Wednesday – Spaghetti Sauce over Whole Grain Bread
  • Thursday – Oven Fajitas (another one from Budget Bytes!)
  • Friday – Leftovers or something quick

Did you do any meal prep this weekend? What are your favorite go-to meals on busy nights?